By Sam Bush
MLB.com is reporting that the Mets and free-agent catcher James McCann have agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract.
The Mets had been considered a favorite for free agent J.T. Realmuto, who is looking to sign a record-setting contract for a catcher. It does not mean Realmuto is headed back to Philly.
The Phillies have stated publicly that re-signing Realmuto is a priority this offseason. They also have sounded pessimistic about their chances, both publicly and privately.
At one point, Realmuto had been seeking a contract in excess of $200 million, according to sources. But negotiations always start somewhere, so it is unlikely that Realmuto’s camp will not budge from that number.
But the Phillies still find themselves in an interesting spot, even without the Mets in the picture.